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Thursday, April 17, 2008

National Record Store Day, This Saturday!

posted by on April 17 at 10:12 AM


Record stores across America are dying. Maybe everyone stealing music from the internet is what’s killing them. Maybe bands giving their albums away for free is what’s killing them. Maybe it’s MySpace, maybe it’s YouTube, maybe it’s YOU.

In order to celebrate independent record stores across the nation, give them love (and business) Alliance of Independent Media Stores, Coalition Of Independent Music Stores, Music Monitor Network, Newbury Comics, Value Music Group of Indie Stores have founded April 19th as Record Store Day.

“On this day, all of these stores will simultaneously link and act as one with the purpose of celebrating the culture and unique place that they occupy both in their local communities and nationally,” says Record stores across the nation will be having sales, selling exclusive merchandise, hosting in-stores, and giving away free shit all day long.

A bunch of local businesses are participating. Here’s the rundown of what’ll be happening around town:

Easy Street: In-store performances by Mark Pickerel and Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter at the Queen Anne location. 5 pm, free. Also, everything in both stores not already on sale will be 20% off all day long.

Everyday Music: Enter to win an autographed copy of the Tom Waits box set People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938. There will also be free CD samplers, a storewide sale, and other goodies.

Silver Platters: All four locations (Queen Anne, Bellevue, Southcenter, and Northgate) are offering 20% off on all vinyl, box sets, CD singles, and Billboard Collections CDs, and one day only DVD specials (starting at $3.99). Each location has it’s own in-store specials and they also have tons of live music through the day.

Queen Anne:
1:00 The Mary McPage Band
2:00 Matt Jorgensen + 451
3:00 Pat Monahan
4:00 Kim Archer Band
5:00 Bee Simonds
6:00 Speaker Speaker
7:00 Low-Fi
8:00 The Pharmacy
9:00 How and Lightning

Bellevue Crossroads:
1:00 Interlake High School Jazz Band
2:30 Tribaljazz
3:30 Amateur Radio Operator
5:00 Hadley Caliman

1:00 DJ ECM/Slantooth

Sonic Boom: Both locations (Capitol Hill and Ballard) will be selling Cupcake Royale cupcakes and new Sonic Boom slip mats, with all the proceeds going to the Vera project. They’ll also have exclusive vinyl including a Stephen Malkmus 10” and 7”s from Built to Spill, Death Cab, Black Keys, REM, and more. There will be other free surprises included with every purchase, and a sidewalk sale with CDs, rock books, posters, and more starting at $1. 10% of Saturday’s sales will be donated to Music4life. Topping it off, they have live music and DJs all day.

Capitol Hill:
1:00 Vinnie Blackshadow
3:00 John Roderick (Long Winters) DJ Set
5:00 The Dutchess and The Duke

3:00 Vinnie Blackshadow
4:00 Aqueduct
5:30 Mono in VCF
7:00 The Moondoggies

Of course, there are more stores around town that shouldn’t go ignored—Jive Time, Bop Street, Wall of Sound, and Singles Going Steady.

For more information about Record Store Day, visit

Got something going on at your store? E-mail and I’ll add it to the list.

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um yeah. it's called noone makes good enough music for me to buy the ENTIRE album.

Posted by Emily | April 17, 2008 11:53 AM

Uh oh, did Emily just win today's music snob award?

Posted by Congrats, bech | April 17, 2008 12:32 PM

yes, the fact that the recording industry's sales have been based on singles leading to albums sales and it has stopped working is obviously the fault of the listener. i never get tired of hearing that one.

Posted by cosby | April 17, 2008 12:37 PM

Bullshit! I love record stores and if you are the kind of person that only buys singles you are the same kind of person who is easily tricked by one of those laser pens that cat's go nuts for.

Posted by I'm a Nuclear Bomb | April 17, 2008 2:19 PM

@ 1 - "No one" is two words, not one. It's not the same as "someone".

"Noone" is the guy who sang for the Herman's Hermits.

Thank you.

Posted by merry | April 18, 2008 9:17 PM

Record stores make the world go around. Nothing beats a record . Give me real music! LONG LIVE RECORD STORES!

Posted by Thurston Moore | April 20, 2008 11:17 AM

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